Mirtoon by ZEE: Watering With Style

Water hose for garden delights with a bright and practical design.

The water hose is probably one of the most essential exterior tools. We use it to feed plants, vegetables and flowerbeds; we clean tools, muddy boots, bikes and cars with it. And during the summer it fills up swimming pools, water guns and balloons to bring coolness and fun. Surprisingly not much attention has been paid to its design so far.

The Belgian company ZEE decided to change this. By selecting contemporary colours and going for a unicolour look, they have managed to create Mirtoon, a real designer hose.

There have been hose reels on the market for many years, but they are all mainly designed for practical purposes unlike this pretty product. Mirtoon comes in a 10 meter and 30 meter edition. The smaller version fits perfectly any terrace, patio or balcony. The large hose is ideal for gardens and all other practical uses.

Mirtoon is ready for use. Each reel includes a hose, fittings and nozzle. The hose has been provided with the necessary connectors to use it worldwide.

The Mirtoon has been honoured with the design label “Henry Van De Velde”:  “Mirtoon is a completely aesthetic redesign of the well-known garden hose with reel. It is practical and discrete and thanks to its colour scheme it allows to either blend in or stand out in its surroundings.”

Further information: zeedesign.be

Blossom: Smart Sprinkler Brings Home Automation into the Garden

Blossom is a smart watering controller with automated weather intelligence that allows users to monitor and control their yard’s watering schedule with a smart phone, tablet or computer from anywhere and at any time.

An automated irrigation system for the garden can have many advantages. Once properly installed, the home gardener does not need to occupy himself with figuring out the best times to water the garden anymore, the modern systems do all the planning themselves. Work, time and water can be saved.

Blossom is a sprinkler controller for new and already installed sprinkling systems. It has been developed by experts from brands like Skype, Vizio, Microsoft, Linksys and Cisco. Connected to the residential wi-fi, it uses online real-time weather data and calculates the best times to water flowers, trees and vegetables. For a seamless connection it uses Powerline technology to turn any electrical outlet into an internet connection making range essentially limitless.

For adjusting, controlling and monitoring the watering situation in the garden, there is the Blossom App. With this App one can assign a name, photo and specific plant type to up to twelve zones on their property. With the press of a button, the sprinklers can be turned on and off no matter where and at what time. While Blossom will automatically program a watering plan for the garden, it is possible to adjust the watering amount per zone by simply swiping on the phone or tablet.

Blossom is especially targeted towards home owners who want to conserve water and save time and money in their garden. The price is set at 199 $ and according to the manufacturers it can save up to 30 percent off of future watering bills.

Further information: myblossom.com